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Texas Parks and Wildlife working to keep local waters safe

Posted at 5:14 PM, Sep 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-03 23:32:38-04

Labor Day unofficially marks the end of summer, but it’s never a slow season for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Game Warden Kyle Hensley says the department has stepped up patrols because many families are enjoying outside activities.

The department says another big concern is boaters.

Alcohol is the leading cause of death in recreational boating. To keep people safe, wardens are making stops, checking that boaters have the proper safety equipment. This includes a fire extinguisher, life jackets for each person onboard and a sound-producing device, among other items.

They are also on the lookout for anyone drinking and driving a boat.

Hendley says similar to cars, .08 percent is the limit when driving a boat.

“If so, more dangerous, because there are no roads…” Hensley said. “There’s no paths that you have to follow, people are going in all different directions, so you have to be more aware per say when you’re on the water rather than on the road.”

For more information about outdoor regulations visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department page.